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New York Weather History: June (1970 - 2021)

Clipart_thunderstorm2Highlights:  A thunderstorm on June 2, 2006 dumped 1.73" of rain in an hour; a June 3, 1991 storm dumped 1.72" in 45 minutes; nearly four inches of rain fell from the remnants of tropical storm Barry on June 3-4, 2007; six years later another tropical system, Andrea, flooded the area with more than four inches; a 10-day heat wave in 1984 occurred during the first half of the month; highs of 98° on June 22, 1988 and June 19, 1994; June 1999 had just one day of rain.

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: June 30

 

1915

1.93" of rain poured down late tonight, which was 0.01" more than what fell during the first 29 days of the month.  1.27" of tonight's rain fell between 11PM-midnight.  (In reality, this torrential rain fell between midnight-1 AM on 7/1, but since the National Weather Service uses Standard Time year-round for its official records, the rain is credited to 6/30.)

1920

The day's low temperature of 68° was the mildest minimum reading of the month.  July would also have no lows of 70+, the second and last July to have that distinction (the first was in 1888).  1920's first low in the 70s wouldn't be until 8/9.

1959

Although yesterday's high of 97° made it the hottest reading of the summer, today, with a high/low of 93°/79°, had the year's highest mean temperature.  (Yesterday's low was 69°.)

1964

Today was the first of back-to-back 99-degree days - it was a record for the date (which still stands).

 

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1966

Today's high of 94° was the tenth 90-degree reading of the month, the second most in June (the most was in 1943, when there were eleven). 

1972

This was the eleventh day in the past fifteen to have rain.  Today's measured 0.71", making it the seventh day during this period to receive more than 0.65".  All told, 8.36" fell in the second half of June.

 

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1974

Thunderstorms between 9 PM-1 AM produced 0.26" of rain, making this the ninth day of the past ten to see rain.  However, the amount of rain to fall during this period wasn't particularly excessive, as just 1.80" was measured.  It was also a chilly ten days, with temperatures seven degrees below average.  

1984

3.07" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  During the half hour between 9-9:30 AM, 0.68" fell, while 1.36" fell in the hour between 9:15-10:15 AM.

1989

The coolest low temperature of the month was 58° and it was reached this morning and on five other days.  Additionally, this was the mildest coolest temperature in June in the 1970-2021 period (also occurring in June 1981 and 1973).

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During a nighttime thunderstorm, 0.27" fell in just five minutes, and 0.69" in fifteen minutes (9:54-10:09 PM).

1991

This was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s.  During these days the highs were: 91°-96°-97°-90°.

1994

Today was just the third day this month with below-average temperatures, a month that was the warmest June since 1966.  

1996

Rain that fell for much of the day (0.88" was measured) kept the temperature from going no higher than 67°, sixteen degrees cooler than average.

2009

Today's high of 84° was the warmest reading of a cool June - the coolest since 1958.  Only June 1903 had a cooler reading as its warmest temperature (81°).  The 0.66" of rain that fell today brought the month's total over ten inches.  It missed passing June 2003 as the wettest by 0.20".  Rain fell on eighteen days.

 

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2012

Although five of the last ten days had highs in the 90s, June was slightly cooler than average - the first below average month since March of last year.  Still, this was the most 90-degree days in June since 1999, which had six.   

2014

This was New York's thirty-first June (since 1869), with no 90-degree days, yet it managed to be 1.0 degree warmer than average.  Of all of the "no-90" Junes, this was the warmest of them all.  This was also the first year since 1985 to have no 90-degree temperatures in the first half of the year.

2015

Today was the sixteenth day this month with a high of 80°+, which is close to average.  What made it noteworthy is the fact that this number was two fewer than the number of 80-degree days in May, the first time this has happened since 1985, and just the second time in the years since 1950.  Additionally, June's average high of 79.5° was just 0.1 degree above that of May.  (But its average low was 5.3 degrees warmer.)

 

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2021

It was scorching-hot day, with a high of 98°, the hottest reading in Central Park since the summer of 2013, and the hottest high temperature in June since 1994 (also 98°).  This was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s (the other days had highs of 90°, 92°, and 95°), joining another four-day heat wave earlier in the month.  This was just the second June with two heat waves of four days or more (the other was in 1943, which is the hottest June on record).  Thundershowers moved through after 8:30, cooling the temperature t0 73° (the morning low had been a sultry 80°) .  The rain kept this from being the second June in a row with less than two inches of rain, and the amount that fell (0.65", much of it between 10-11 PM) was the greatest daily amount of the month.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 29

 

1903

A rainstorm that began at daybreak continued until 1 PM, dumping 2.57" of rain (a record amount for the date), with much of it (1.90") pouring down between 11 AM and 1PM.

1917

Showers during the pre-dawn hours and late in the afternoon amounted to 0.18", bringing the month's total rainfall to 3.83" - the same amount that was measured in May.  This was the first time for such an occurrence (it has happened four other times since then: Nov./Dec. 1945; Dec. 1980/Jan. 1981; June/July 1985; and Sept./Oct. 1997). 

1934

Today's high soared to 101° after a low of 68°.  At the time this was the earliest date for a triple-digit high (later passed in 1952 and 1966), but the AM low remains the coolest for any day with a high of 100+ (average low on a day with a high in triple digits is 78°).

1959

Today's high of 97° was the hottest reading of the summer, but tomorrow, with a high/low of 93°/79°, would have the hottest mean temperature.

1965

A high/low of 95°/72° made this the hottest day of the year.

1976

This was the fifteenth day in a row with highs in the 80s.  The average high during these days was 86°, five degrees above average.  Twelve of the days had highs of 84° or warmer.  Also, this was the fifth year in a row in which rain fell on this date.  The 0.53" that fell was produced by thunderstorms between midnight and daybreak.   

1991

Today's high of 97° was the hottest reading of the month.  (There would be four days in July with highs that were hotter.)

1994

Mid-day thunderstorms dumped 0.66" of rain between 1-2 PM, and 0.96" between 1-3 PM. 

2003

With today's 0.05" of rain early this morning, June's record rainfall totaled 10.26".

2008

The Gay Pride Parade was interrupted by occasional tropical downpours between 1:30 and 5 PM (amounting to 0.59").  Before the thunderstorms popped up, the temperature rose to 89°.  (For weather conditions during every Gay Pride Parade, click here.) 

2010

This was the tenth day in a row in which the high temperature was 87° or hotter (including four days in the 90s).  All told, half of the days this month were 87°+, helping to make it the warmest June since 1994.  (And a record hot July would follow.)

 

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2014

The weather was glorious for this year's Gay Pride parade as skies were clear, the humidity low and afternoon temperatures in the low 80s.

2019

After 6/27 and 6/28 got very close with highs of 89°, today's high of 91° was the first in the 90s this year - five weeks later than the average date of this occurrence, and the fifth latest first-90 in the years since 1970 (the other years were 1972, 1982, 1985 and 2014).

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 28

 

1938

Rain that fell over the past three days amounted to 3.70".  Today's amount, 1.69", was a record for the date (which still stands).  Besides the rain, today was unseasonably cool, with a high/low of just 60°/57°.

1968

In the past six weeks (since May 18) nearly twelve inches of rain fell, with measurable rain falling on 23 of the 42 days.

1974

At 62°, this was the fourth day in a row in which the high temperature was only in the low-to-mid-60s, more typical of mid-April.  During this chilly spell, high temperatures were 20 degrees below average.

 

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1976

Today's high reached 92°, ten degrees above average.  It was the hottest day of the month, and also the 14th day in a row with above-average temperatures.  

1977

For the fifth year in a row rain fell on this date.  This year's rain, amounting to 0.28", fell during a nighttime thunderstorm between 10:30-11 PM.

1980

Today was the eighteenth day in a row with no rain.  This came four months after a dry spell of 24 days from Jan. 23 thru Feb. 15.

1989

This was the last day of rain this month, bringing May and June's combined rainfall to nineteen inches (normal is eight inches.)  Rain fell during more than half of the days between May 1 and June 28.  (Twenty-two years later, in August 2011, the same amount of rain fell in just one month, and the 18.95" that fell made it the rainiest month in NYC history.) 

 

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1991

Today's sweltering high of 96° was a record for the date.  It was the hottest reading of the year - until tomorrow.

1995

This morning's chilly low of 54° was thirteen degrees below average and a record for the date.  It was the coolest reading since a low of 51° on May 16, more than six weeks earlier. 

2010

Today's high/low of 93°/76° made this the hottest day of the month.

2015

The day's high/low of 73°/61° made this the coolest Gay Pride Day since 1996 (when the high was 67°).  Overnight rain was over by daybreak, but gray skies, fog and mist persisted thru early afternoon.  

2018

It felt like a day in the tropics as the dew point rose into the low 70s and two periods of rain dropped 1.36" in Central Park's rain gauge.  From 4-8 AM thunderstorms produced 0.43" of rain, and then during the evening rush hour more than twice that amount (0.93") poured down in just about an hour (mostly 5-6 PM).  Before this rush hour downpour, the heat index had reached 90° at 3 PM (air temperature was 83°). 

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: June 27

 

1932

On a sweltering day (high of 90°, heat index of 100°) strong thunderstorms moved through between 4 PM and midnight, dumping 2.11" of rain, most of which fell in the two hours between 8-10:00.

1966

Today, with a high of 101°, was only the third time a high in triple digits has occurred in June.  The other occurrences were on June 26, 1952 (100°) and June 29, 1934 (101°).  This was the first of sixteen days with highs of 90° or hotter in the next eighteen days.  (Yesterday's high was a comfortable 82°.)

 

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1976

This was the first Gay Pride Day in which the temperature hit 90°.  There have since been five other parades marched in 90-degree weather (the last was in 2010)

1980

Today's high was 94°, the only 90-degree day this month, and it came five weeks after the previous 90-degree day.  (July and August, however, would have twenty-six such hot days.)

 

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1981

This morning's low of 58° was just the second low in the 50s this month, tying June 1899, 1937 and 1939 for fewest number of days cooler than 60°.  (The average number is ten.)

1992

Each of the past five days had afternoon highs that were progressively warmer by one degree:  76° on June 23; 77° the next day; 78° on June 25; 79° yesterday; and 80° today.

2010

It was a hot and sticky Gay Pride Day, with a high of 91°.  And for the seventh of the past eight days the morning low was 71°.  (For more weather highlights from past Gay Pride Days, click here.)  

 

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2020

A 15-day streak with no measurable rain ended today when 0.09" of rain fell in the early afternoon.  (This was the longest such streak since one of 18 days in the fall of 2017.)  And a 7-day streak with highs of 85° or warmer (the longest since a 10-day streak in June 2010) ended when the high, due to clouds and showers, got no higher than 80°.  Despite the slightly cooler temperatures, the dew point in the middle of the afternoon reached an uncomfortable 73°.  

2021

For the second year in a row (a first), the high reached 90° on Pride Sunday.  And with an afternoon dew point in the 70°-71° range, the heat index reached 96°.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds, which cleared as evening approached.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 26

 

1884

Almost all of June's 4.98" of rain poured down during a rainstorm that began yesterday evening and continued today.  In total, 4.74" of rain was measured, with 4.29" of it falling today.  Today was also unseasonably cool, with a high/low of 67°/58°.

1952

Today's high/low was a torrid 100°/81°.  The low was New York's warmest reading ever recorded in June, and the high was the earliest reading in the triple digits (next earliest would come in 1966 on June 27).  This heat came just three days after a high/low of  just 64°/58°.

 

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1979

For the second day in a row a record low was set.  Yesterday's was 54°, today's 56°.

1989

0.65" of rain fell in an hour during a strong thunderstorm between 9-10 PM.  This followed a day with a high of 90°.

2003

The low of 79°, thirteen degrees above average, tied June 10, 1984 for the warmest low temperature in the month of June since a low of 81° on this date in 1952.  And today's high of 93° was the third day in a row with a high in the 90s, making this the fourth year in a row to start its 90-degree "season" with a heat wave, the longest such streak on record (going back to 1869).

2005

Today's high was a sizzling 92°, eleven degrees above average, making this the hottest reading during the Gay Pride Day parade.

 

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2010

Six of the past seven days had lows of 71°.  Typical low during these days is in the mid-60s.

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Today in New York Weather History: June 25

 

1994

Tropical conditions through mid-afternoon made the high of 88° feel like the mid-90s.  Today was my brother's wedding out in northern New Jersey, and I was his best man, so wearing a tux in this weather was a bit uncomfortable to say the least.  And the bridesmaids arrived at the church somewhat wilted because the air conditioning in their limo didn't work.  Happily, drier air moved in just as the outdoor reception was getting underway.

 

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1995

The 0.08" of rain that fell in the wee hours of the morning was the first measurable rain on this date in 11 years.

1998

The year's first reading in the 90s was today, four days later than last year's, and the latest date of this occurrence since 1985 (the typical date is in late May).  There would be just seven more days in the 90s this year (the typical number is 18).

2004

0.95" of rain fell during thundershowers between 6-11 PM.  Rain was heaviest at the onset, when 0.53" fell in the initial hour.  

2012

Two rounds of severe thunderstorms moved through the area, one during morning rush hour and the other during the evening commute.  This was much like three days earlier when strong storms rumbled through during mid-afternoon and early evening.  However, in all cases Manhattan was in a protective bubble as the storms either lost their punch, or moved to the north or south.  While three to six inches of rain was common in the suburbs of New Jersey, Westchester County and Long Island, just 0.50" was measured in Central Park.     

 

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2017

Today's high reached 83° for the fifth day of the past six.  (And since 2000, 83° happens to be the most frequently occurring high temperature).

2019

Shortly after daybreak a deluge dumped 0.86" of rain in a little less than an hour.  This tied 6/2 as the rainiest day this month.  And although the rest of the day was rain-free, it was very humid, with dew points in the low 70s during much of the afternoon (this was the first day this year I turned on my AC).  Additionally, today had the first low in the 70s of the year, about three weeks later than average, and the latest date in ten years.

 

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New York Weather History: Weather Conditions During NYC's Gay Pride Parades

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A week of Gay Pride events culminates with the annual Gay Pride Parade on the last Sunday of June (roughly coinciding with the date of 1969's Stonewall Riot).  Since the first parade was held in 1970 the temperature has been in the 90s eight times (the last two times were in 2020 and 2021).  Three years had highs in the 60s (1972, 1979 and 1996).  And chances are very good that the festivities will be rain-free as measurable rain has fallen just nine times in the past fifty years (2019 and 2020 were two of these years).  

  • 1970 (June 28) - Whereas the Stonewall riots began on a stifling hot day (the afternoon high that Saturday was a record 96°), the weather today for the first Gay Pride parade was refreshingly mild.  After a cool morning low of 57° (the chilliest reading of any Gay Pride Day, later tied in 2007) the high reached 80°.   
  • 1971 (June 27) - Very summer-like conditions, with a high of 89°, eight degrees warmer than average. 
  • 1972 (June 25) - It was a cool and damp Gay Pride Day, courtesy of the remnants of hurricane Agnes.  Close to an inch of rain fell during the morning, and under gray skies the afternoon high managed to reach only 66°, fifteen degrees below average.  In later years Gay Pride Day 1979 would be cooler (high of 65°) and 1984 wetter (1.46").    
  • 1973 (June 24) - The afternoon high of 79° was perfect for marching.

 

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  • 1974 (June 30) - Rain held off until 9 PM, when 0.26" fell thru 1 AM.  Before that, the afternoon temperature was a pleasant 83°.
  • 1975 (June 29) - This year rain moved in mid-afternoon, as 0.15" fell between 4-6 PM, shortly after the parade ended.  However, temperatures were seasonably warm. 
  • 1976 (June 27) - This was the first Gay Pride Day in which the afternoon temperature hit 90°.  There have since been seven other parades held in 90-degree weather (including 2020 and 2021).
  • 1977 (June 26) - After a rainy evening yesterday (0.68" fell between 6:00 and 10:00), today was dry and slightly warmer than average, with a high of 85°.
  • 1978 (June 25) - Today's high of 82° was at the seasonal average.
  • 1979 (June 24) - This was the chilliest Gay Pride Day, as the afternoon high was only 65°, sixteen degrees below average, and more typical of late April.  (However, later in the evening things heated up at Madison Square Garden where the Village People performed in concert.)
  • 1980 (June 29) - The afternoon high of 77° was six degrees cooler than average.  Heavy rain moved in (0.70" was measured), but not until after 11 PM, the first rain since June 10. 
  • 1981 (June 28) - It was a beautiful summer day, with a high of 85°.  Rather than go to the parade, I went to the beach instead.   
  • 1982 (June 27) - Hazy sunshine and close to seasonal temperatures.  Rather than watch the parade, I helped my boyfriend at the booth he had at the Christopher St. festival.  (He made clips attached to raccoon and chinchilla tails.)
  • 1983 (June 26) - Under sunny skies, the high reached a seasonably warm 82°.  This was the first, and only, time I marched in the parade.  (And the day before, I ran in the Gay Pride Run in Central Park for the first time.)
  • 1984 (June 24) - Clouds moved in early in the afternoon, but rain held off until around 4:00.  It came down heavily after 9:00, and by midnight 1.46" had fallen - a record for the date.  This was also the rainiest Gay Pride Day.
  • 1985 (June 30) - Very nice weather, with a cooler than average high of 79°.  I watched the parade from the 18th floor terrace of a friend's apartment on lower Fifth Avenue.  
  • 1986 (June 29) - Wicked humidity in the morning gave way to drier conditions during the afternoon, along with bright sunshine and a refreshing breeze, so the high of 89° was bearable.  I watched the parade for three hours on Fifth Ave. between 12th and 13th Streets. 
  • 1987 (June 28) - Pleasant, September-like conditions, with a high/low of 77°/61°, which was five degrees cooler than average.  I didn't participate in the Gay Pride Run held the day before because of rain, which amounted to 0.79".  
  • 1988 (June 26) - Showers fell between 4 AM and 1 PM, ending shortly after the parade was got underway.  The afternoon high reached 83°.  
  •  1989 (June 25) - Sunny and warm, with a high of 86°.
  • 1990 (June 24) - Partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures, with a high/low of 80°/68°.  I watched the parade on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. 
  • 1991 (June 30) - Today's high of 90° was bearable after yesterday's 97°.  A brief downpour occurred in the afternoon, at 4:30, and the temperature dropped into the 60s by evening.
  • 1992 (June 28) - A delightful day for a parade as skies were crystal clear, and the afternoon temperature rose into the mid-80s.  For a change, I watched the parade in Midtown at 45th Street.
  • 1993 (June 27) - After overnight showers, skies cleared by 1 PM and the high reached 86°.  This was the day after the high was 92°.  I watched the parade for about an hour on Waverly Place, then walked over to the Hudson River for the festival.

 

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  • 1994 (June 26) - Perfect summer weather marked the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot.  Under sunny skies the high reached 89°, the fourth year in a row the temperature was above 85°.  Unlike other years, this year's parade took place on First Avenue near the UN and marched up and over to Central Park.  This year's festivities coincided with the conclusion yesterday of the Gay Games which New York hosted.
  • 1995 (June 25) - After four overcast days, skies cleared in the afternoon, but oppressive humidity persisted.  Light rain that began last night ended by daybreak today.  The high was 80°.
  • 1996 (June 30) - Rain fell throughout the morning until early afternoon.  Then after a three-hour break, showers returned after 8:00.  In total, 0.88" of rain fell.  The high temperature was only 67°, fifteen degrees cooler than average. 
  • 1997 (June 29) - Clear and hot, with a high of 90°.
  • 1998 (June 28) - Partly cloudy and pleasant with a high/low of 78°/63°, four degrees below average.
  • 1999 (June 27) - The high reached 90° after a very warm morning low of 75°.
  • 2000 (June 25) - Under clear skies the high reached 86°.  Low humidity (33%) made for comfortable parade marching and watching.
  • 2001 (June 24) - A lot of rain fell yesterday morning/afternoon (1.64"), but today was dry under partly cloudy skies.  It was on the cool side, which was perfect for watching the parade.  The high of 75° was six degrees below average.

 

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  • 2002 (June 30) - Sunny thru mid-afternoon, with a sultry high of 87°.  I watched the parade from Washington Square Park and later walked over to the Pride festival on Greenwich St.
  • 2003 (June 29) - After a brief shower at sunrise, the rest of the day was sunny through some haze.  Temperatures were seasonably warm.   
  • 2004 (June 27) - Fair skies, with temperatures a bit cooler than average (high/low of 77°/60°).
  • 2005 (June 26) - Today's high was a sizzling 92°, eleven degrees above average, making this the hottest (temperature-wise) Gay Pride Day; the heat index reached 96°.  (June 26 is also the day in June most likely to reach 90°.)

 

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  • 2006 (June 25) - Although a shower moved through at around 12:30 PM, shortly after the parade  began, heavy rain that had been predicted stayed to the south (five to ten inches flooded eastern PA, MD and DC).  However, skies were mostly overcast.  After a warm and muggy morning low of 70°, the high was only four degrees warmer (and eight degrees below average).  
  • 2007 (June 24) - This was the fourth day in a row of fine weather.  The day started off chilly, with a low of 57° degrees (tying 1970's Gay Pride Day for coolest reading experienced), but the afternoon high rebounded to a pleasantly warm 81°.  
  • 2008 (June 29) - Very warm and humid with a high/low of 88°/70°.  The parade was interrupted twice by tropical downpours at 2:30 and 5:00, which amounted to 0.59".  Happily, I was shielded, as I watched the parade from the 14th floor terrace of an apartment building on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets (the same building I watched the parade from in 1985). 
  • 2009 (June 28) - The day started gray, but by the time the parade began skies were sunny and the temperature was in the seasonable low 80s.   
  • 2010 (June 27) - Unbearably humid conditions made the afternoon high of 91° feel more like 96°.  I watched the parade on 5th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets.  Luckily, I was on the shady side of the street.
  • 2011 (June 26) - The weather couldn't have been nicer (high of 79°), which fit the crowd's high spirits following New York State's legalization of same-sex marriage two days earlier.

 

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  • 2012 (June 24) - Delightful conditions prevailed, with temperatures in the mid-80s under partly skies.  Later in the afternoon skies became overcast - but there was no rain until close to midnight.

 

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  • 2013 (June 30) - It was sunny, warm (high of 86°) and uncomfortably humid through early afternoon, then threatening clouds moved in.  It appeared severe weather was about to be unleashed, but there were just some sprinkles.
  • 2014 (June 29) - Clear skies, low humidity, and temperatures in the mid-80s. 
  • 2015 (June 28) - Mostly overcast skies and below average temperatures belied the high spirits of parade-goers in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's ruling two days earlier legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.  Overnight rain was over by daybreak but clouds persisted.  The day's high/low of 73°/61° made this the coolest Gay Pride Day since 1996 (when the high was 67°).
  • 2016 (June 26) - Today's conditions were similar to those of two years ago, with mostly clear skies and a high of 86°.
  • 2017 (June 25) - After three days with an inch or more of rain in the week leading up to today's celebration, today was partly cloudy with seasonable temperatures (high/low of 83°/68°). 
  • 2018 (June 24) - This year's conditions were similar to last year, with a high/low of 84°/66° under partly cloudy skies.  The one difference was that this year's marchers had to contend with humid conditions, with the afternoon dew point peaking at 70° late in the afternoon.  However, despite the high humidity, this was the tenth year in a row in which no measurable rain fell during the parade.

 

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  • 2019 (June 30) - Conditions were very nice through early afternoon, with the temperature rising into the low 80s under partly cloudy skies, but then a quick shower interrupted the parade mid-afternoon.  And although it lasted for only 15-20 minutes the 0.06" that fell was the first measurable rain during the parade in 11 years (heavier amounts fell over Long Island).  This shower was also accompanied by winds that gusted to 37 mph at Central Park.
  • 2020 (June 28) - Although the parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, there were unofficial gatherings and protests throughout the City.  For the first time in ten years, the temperature reached 90°.  And like last year, a thunderstorm dampened celebrations, but this year it occurred in the early evening while last year's was during mid-afternoon.

 

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Rainbow after the evening's shower (photo credit: Newsweek)

 

  • 2021 (June 27) - For the second year in a row (a first), the high reached 90°.  And with an afternoon dew point in the 70°-71° range, the heat index reached 96°.  Skies were a mix of sun and clouds, which cleared as evening approached.

 

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Looking Back at New York Weather: June 24

 

1903

This was the sixteenth day of the past eighteen to have some measurable rain.  Nearly seven inches fell during this period, and it came after a fifteen-day stretch with no rain.  During these wet days there was also an eight-day streak (6/13-20) in which highs were only in the 60s (as opposed to typical highs in the upper 70s).

1959

High temperatures over the past five days: 85°-84°-83°-82°-81° (today).

1975

After a sweltering high of 93°, a cold front produced a thunderstorm at around 5 PM that had tragic consequences.  Although it produced just 0.18" of rain, the storm created a tremendous wind shear that caused Eastern Airlines Flight 66 to crash as it was approaching Kennedy Airport, killing all but eleven of its 124 crew and passengers.

 

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1984

Rain began falling lightly at around 6 PM and became heavier as the night went on.  By midnight, 1.49" had fallen, a record for the date.  In the rain's last hour, between 11PM-midnight, 0.50" was measured (in reality, this rain fell between midnight-1 AM on 6/25, but the National Weather Service doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time and uses Standard Time year-round for its observations).

1985

During a severe thunderstorm 0.50" of rain poured down in a 15-minute period between 2:50-3:05 PM.  By the time the rain moved out of the area, shortly before 5PM, 0.89" had fallen.

 

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1994

During a torrential downpour between 11:30-midnight, 0.70" of rain was measured.  (In reality, this rain fell between 12:30-1:00 AM on 6/25, but as mentioned above, the National Weather Service doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time and uses Standard Time year-round for its observations)

2003

Today, with a high of 93°, was the first 90-degree reading of the year, coming nearly a month after the typical first 90.  It was also the first day of a four-day heat wave.

 

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2010

Today's high of 92° was the first 90-degree day in a month.  Thirty-three more 90-degree days would occur in the next ten weeks.

2017

This was the third day since June 17 to have more than an inch of rain fall during storms that lasted approximately two hours.  However, each storm came at a different time of day.  Today's, which produced 1.11", came at daybreak; the storm on 6/19 moved through at the beginning of the evening rush hour (1.28" fell); and the storm on the 17th (which dumped 1.39") was during lunchtime/early afternoon.  Additionally, today's high of 84° followed four days in a row that had highs of 83°.  

 

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: June 23

 

1886

A tropical storm passing to the south of New York, dropped 1.20" of rain.  Cloud cover and rain kept the temperature in the 60s all day (high/low of 66°/62°).

1901

The month's paltry 1.00" of rain (today was the last day with rain) was sandwiched between four months that each had more than six inches (April and May, July and August).

1918

During a time in June when highs average around 80°, today's temperature got no higher than 59°.  And the low of 49° was a record (which still stands).

2003

Today was the seventeenth day this month with a low in the 50s, passing June 1965 as the June with the most such days in the years since 1960.

2009

This morning's low of 66° was nothing remarkable except for the fact that it was the warmest low temperature of the month, making it the "coolest" temperature for a maximum low in June (got that?) of any year since 1970.  1972 and 1979 are the only other years that didn't have a low of 70° or warmer in June.

 

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2015

Today's high was 90°, the year's first 90-degree reading, which was nearly four weeks later than usual (but earlier than last year's, which didn't happen until 7/2).  The day was hazy, and the air thick with humidity, which produced a heat index in the mid-90s.  Turbulent weather rolled through the area late in the afternoon, but Manhattan escaped the severe storms as just 0.02" of rain was measured in Central Park.

2017

For the fourth day in a row the high was 83°, a few degrees above average.  Today's high was noteworthy since the day's low was a very uncomfortable 76°; a low that warm is usually a springboard for a high in the 90s (or at least in the upper 80s).  Mostly overcast skies and high humidity (dew points were in the 70s all day, peaking at 75°) prevented the temperature from rising very much.  

2021

Today's low of 55° was the chilliest reading of the month (but far from 1918's record of 49°), and the coolest reading this late in June since 1995, when a low of 54° occurred on June 28.

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